Deborah Bell – Aware of Being Aware, 2017


Printer Kim-Lee Loggenberg gives insight into the intaglio print ‘Aware of being Aware’ by artist Deborah Bell, made in collaboration with the David Krut Workshop in 2017. Presented by Kim-Lee Loggenberg. Edited by Roxy Kaczmarek.

The print was made in preparation for Bell’s exhibition Invocations to the Plate – 2018, a showcase of Bell’s collaboration with David Krut Workshop (DKW) and visiting Master Printer Phil Sanders. Bell’s work considers the border between mortality and immortality, matter and spirit, presence and absence, the quotidian and the mythic, the grounded and the transcended.

Deborah Bell. Aware of being Aware, 2017. Dry Point and Aquatint Etching. Edition of 40. 47 x 37 cm.

These ideas often emerge at a subconscious level as illustrated by the seminal piece of the collaborative project, a large 2-meter long diptych entitled She Wolf. The cave and the open expanse are about the inner and the outer, the womb and the world – and going inwards as opposed to only expressing ‘out there.’ It is a liminal space, a place of threshold and transformation. In preparation for, and alongside She Wolf, a number of smaller explorations of Bell’s thoughts and subjects will feature.